Our experts on staff are here to speak with you to provide fresh dialogue and insight into trends in their respective issue areas that helps grow a vibrant region.

To speak with our CEO & President, Kathlyn Mead, and any of our other staff experts, contact Justin Nunez, Director of Communications, at (619) 814-1365 or


Endowments: Candace Wo

Impact Investing: Kathlyn Mead

Institutional Investments: Matt Fettig

Mitigation Funds: Candace Wo

Nonprofit Organizations & Grantmaking: Katie Rast

Philanthropy & Charitable Giving: Kathlyn Mead

Planned Giving: Leslie Klein, CFP®

Regional Philanthropy: Trudy Armstrong

Social Financing: Kathlyn Mead

Program Areas

Age Friendly Communities: Katie Rast

Balboa Park: Kathlyn Mead

Civic Engagement: Kathlyn Mead

Climate: Nicola Hedge, MPIA

Community Health & Wellness: Katie Rast

Creative Workforce: Katie Rast

Disaster Response & Preparedness: Susan Bantz

Environment: Nicola Hedge, MPIA

Equity: Kathlyn Mead

Scholarships & Education: Danielle Valenciano